You will likely find that there is more information on the web and in print than you could read in a thousand lifetimes. Well, we don't have a thousand lifetimes to help our precious loved ones get better. After you have absorbed a data base of information into your likely over-stressed brain, settle into these reads, they will greatly assist you on your journey............................
A Work in Progress, by John McEachin, M. Ed. and Ron Leaf, M. Ed. This book gives an essential over-view of the ABA concept & how to apply its principles in a step by step method. This book is essentially the "ABA User's Guide." Remember, this book is just a starting point, but it will send you in the right direction.
Teaching Individuals with Developmental Delays, by O. Ivar Lovaas. While this book is foundational in establishing an ABA model and gives valuable insight into its strategies and considerations it is not quite as "user friendly" as the aforementioned book. You will, however, want to buy this book as these two books supplement each other nicely.
The Autism Treatment Guide, by Elizabeth King Gerlach, published by Future Horizons, Arlington, Tx. This is a handy one stop over-view of current autism treatments. When you would like to know "what time it is" (without building a clock), this little guide will give you the baseline info. on current modalities and their contact info. You can throw it in your purse or glove box and off you go. Be sure to get the most current edition as there have been several revisions.
Teach Me Language, by Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D. You will not need this book immediately, but it should be acquired as you expand your knowledge base. This is a spiral-bound manual and is very helpful, but not immediately essential.
The Out-Of-Sync Child, by Carol Stock Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller. If yourchild has a sensory processing disorder, and they likely do, you will want to purchase this book. There are great ideas for things that you can do at home as well as a knowledge base to communicate effectively with your OT if you have one. The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun is also written by the same author.
No More Meltdowns, by Jed Baker , Ph.D. Offers straight-talk suggestions for managing non-compliant behaviors. Compliments an ABA strategy nicely.
Autism: Recovery Against All Odds, by Kristi Chrysler. This is a favorite for your spiritual side which may be longingly activated while you walk on your journey with autism. Kristi is as beautiful on the inside as the out and offers insight into her healthy, positive approach toward helping her children reach their fullest potential.